I felt pretty good this week. It was still a light week so I took the opportunity to run a few times without any regard to time and just get the distance in. I think that, and just taking my easy runs well, easy, helped. It’s also less of a hurdle to me to not have to care about the time or pace on a run after I’m done lifting. I feel pretty thrashed after lifting and trying to keep my pace up is more of a chore than a challenge. I think just having one main focus helps keep me from feeling overwhelmed and then apathetic in the gym.
I’ve also noticed that how I’m feeling emotionally plays a big role in how much effort I feel like I can give that day. Since living here is like living in a hamster cage, there’s lots of time to marinate in emotions and little things can become big things because you don’t have much else to distract you from thinking about it over and over.
Sometimes I try to run with all of this weighing me down and it doesn’t usually work so well. If there’s a good movie on, or I have a really good podcast I can shed the cares and focus on the run, but it doesn’t always happen.
I’m still really happy with my lifting program. I got up to 175 on my squats, 125 on my deadlifts, I can do my back extensions with 22 pounds now, and I can bench press 97 pounds. That was all one set max, except for the back extensions. I only do three sets of those so I do one warm-up set and the other two are working weight. My goals for this week are to keep working at making these weights my working weight and another 10 or 20 pounds my maximum weight.
It’s hard to believe I’m only about six weeks from Dopey. I decided to splurge and booked the race retreat for the race mornings of the half and full marathon. I’ve never tried it before so I thought it would be fun to try it out and see if it’s worth the cost in the future.